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Mechanical Engineering Professors Receive SAE International Educational Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 18, 2009 - A group of eight mechanical engineering professors are recipients of SAE International’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. They received their awards at the SAE 2009 World Congress in Detroit.

The award, established in 1953, recognizes and honors younger educators who are successfully preparing engineers to meet the challenges that face society. The award honors the late Ralph R. Teetor, 1936 SAE International President, who believed that engineering educators are the most effective link between engineering students and their future careers. It is funded through the SAE Foundation and administered by the Teetor Educational Award Committee.

The recipients are:

Jeffrey Allen

Allen is an assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics at Michigan Technological University (MTU). He is Associate Director of the Advanced Power Systems Research Center at MTU and teaches courses in fluid mechanics, energy conversion, and a thermo-fluids laboratory. He is also student adviser for the MTU SAE Aero Design team.

Allen conducts research in the areas of phase-change heat transfer and two-phase flow in capillary systems. Prior to joining MTU, he worked as a project scientist in the Microgravity Fluid Physics Program at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. He has published 46 refereed conference papers, journal articles, and a book chapter, and has been presented a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and six NASA Achievement Awards.

Allen received bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Dayton.

Bradford A. Bruno

Bruno is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Union College. Previously he was a senior project engineer at International Paper, a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Orleans, France, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Turbulent Combustion Lab and graduate teaching fellow at Pennsylvania State University. Currently he is on sabbatical and conducting research at General Electric Power Systems.

Bruno teaches courses in thermodynamics, fluids, heat transfer, and thermal/fluid system design, as well as advising senior undergraduate research projects and conducting his own research in laser diagnostics in combustion systems. He is also faculty adviser for student chapters of ASME and SAE, past-president of Sigma Xi, and adviser for the Union College SAE Baja SAE team.

Bruno earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

S. Scott Goldsborough

Goldsborough is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Marquette University where he teaches courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer, internal combustion engines, and combustion. He is also faculty adviser for the school’s human-powered vehicle design and race teams and Co-Director of the College of Engineering’s Cluster Computing Facility.

Goldsborough’s research is focused on improved chemical kinetic models for conventional and alternative fuels, novel engine configurations including linear designs, and integrated fuel reformer designs for solid oxide fuel cells. He is a past recipient of SAE’s Harry L. Horning Memorial Award.

Goldsborough received master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University, and a bachelor’s from the University of Maryland–Baltimore County.

Dennis Hong

Hong is an associate professor and director of the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) in the mechanical engineering department at Virginia Tech. He was the inventor of whole skin locomotion for mobile robots inspired by amoeboid motility mechanisms and pioneered generating and utilizing everting motion for locomotion in soft-body robots. Hong also advises student teams for various international robotics and design competitions.

His research focuses on robot locomotion and manipulation, autonomous vehicles and mobile robots, and kinematics and mechanisms. Among his awards are the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, the Brilliant Ten award from Popular Science, and the Forward Under-40 award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.


Hong received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

For more information on Hong, contact Steve Mackay at

Dimitrios Kyritsis

Kyritsis is an associate professor in the mechanical science and engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is co-principal investigator in the Center for Advanced Automotive Bio-Fuel Combustion Engines, a graduate automotive technology education center of excellence funded by the University of Illinois’ Department of Energy.

Kyritsis’ research focuses on combustion in the meso- and micro-scale, biofuels, and laser-based diagnostics. Among his awards are the Luigi Crocco Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Princeton University, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising from the University of Illinois.

Kyritsis received a diploma in mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.

For more information on Kyritsis, contact Kathy Heine at

Matthew Parkinson

Parkinson is an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University, where he holds joint appointments in engineering design and mechanical engineering. He directs the Engineering Design program and heads the OPEN Design Laboratory.

Parkinson’s research focuses on tools and methodologies for the design of artifacts that are robust to human variability. He previously received SAE's Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award and Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference Best Paper Award, and the National Science Foundation CAREER award.

David Schmidt

Schmidt has served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts since 2000. He also has helped found Convergent Science, a CFD consulting firm, and recently was a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Schmidt has been awarded a Fellowship by the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna and received the award for Best Paper in Conference for the ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division, and was selected by students as Mechanical Engineering Professor and Advisor of the Year.

Schmidt received a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University, a master’s in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Joshua Summers

Summers is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Clemson University, where his teaching and research is related to engineering design and product realization. He previously spent time at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in both the Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence groups and served in U.S. Senator John Ashcroft's Washington D.C. office in the Foreign Relations and Armed Service groups.

Summers has published more than 100 technical publications in engineering and education journals and conferences. He has graduated three doctoral students, 19 master's students, and currently advises nearly 20 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.

Summers earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Missouri–Columbia, and a doctorate from Arizona State University. 

For more information on Summers, contact Susan Polowczuk at

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